We have heard their abbreviated names mentioned countlessly in the correspondence portion of our club business meetings, and, “Gee I am sure that we send someone to a big meeting they host periodically.”

So if you are one of those super involved rockhounds who knows who these mysterious men behind the curtain are, or you are a newbie who is maybe not into organized activities, we thought we would share with you a bit about these two federations. Here is a basic, elementary intro to two of our favorite affiliations!

fed logoThe ‘CFMS’ is the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies. 

The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies (CFMS) was organized in 1936 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Western part of the United States.

The CFMS includes approximately 110 clubs and societies mostly in California. A few societies in Arizona and Nevada are members due to historical affiliation; American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

Their web site has information on CFMS led field trips, upcoming shows, camps, learning materials, and more. So if you are not local to the Torrance area and want to join one of your local clubs- check out their page by clicking here for more info!

afmsThe ‘AFMS’ is the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. 

To promote popular interest and education in the various Earth Sciences, and in particular the subjects of Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Lapidary and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein; to sponsor and encourage the formation and international development of Societies and Regional Federations and by and through such means to strive toward greater international good will and fellowship.

So basically, the AFMS consists of different smaller regional groups, such as the CFMS. Their site has lots of information on current discussion topic within the geology community, links to clubs and shows, newsletter PDF’s, and different approved links to other sites with various resources. If you want to see what is happening in the community, or are looking for inspiration for yourself or your club, check out their monthly newsletter, it is awesome! Click here to read more.

Hopefully this clears things up  bit. In addition, please take this chance, be you familiar with the CFMS and AFMS or not, to browse around their web sites, and see what you may have been missing!

Happy rockhounding.


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